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Capex darkens RBA’s rosy outlook for the economy

Shorten pledges GST ‘unity ticket’

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised Western Australia a legislated floor in GST payments, saying Labor is on a unity ticket with the Coalition to deliver a fairer carve-up.

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Warrington in $170m William Square exit

Investec picked for Landgate privatisation

The state government has chosen Investec to advise on the partial privatisation of Landgate, a day after the agency's Victorian equivalent sold for $2.9 billion.

Shortlist chosen for $1.6bn train program

The state government has shortlisted three consortiums to build and maintain 246 new railcars during the next decade, while choosing Bellevue as the preferred site for the associated manufacturing facility.

Bishop to stay on as member for Curtin

Outgoing Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed she will remain as the member for Curtin despite moving to the backbench following last week’s leadership spill.

Tech, culture key in Asia

Improving technology and increased use of big data could create significant value for Australia through integration with Asian economies, while business leaders need greater understanding of the market, according to consultancy VCI co-founder Graeme Stanway.

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$9b LNG jobs bonanza

$2.9bn for Victorian land registry

The Victorian government has sealed a $2.86 billion deal to lease that state’s land registry for 40 years, giving an idea of how much Western Australia’s government may expect from a similar, but smaller, privatisation under way locally.

Jail sentence for UWA Guild theft

A former UWA Student Guild staff member who stole around $560,000 has been sentenced to a four year jail term, after Business News reported in 2014 he had left his role and that accounting firm BDO had been hired for a forensic audit.

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Morrison faces lowest primary vote in a decade

Langoulant keeps reform fires burning

John Langoulant’s interests range widely, from building a lyric theatre in Perth to doing business in the Top End, but his main passion is public sector reform.

Morrison hopes to unite party, country

Prime minister designate Scott Morrison has admitted his party was battered and bruised this week, but committed to focus on unifying the country, with a review of the government's drought response his number one priority.

Nahan in the hot seat

Opinion: Despite taking on the unenviable job of opposition leader after a huge election defeat, Mike Nahan is still making his voice heard.

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Liberals’ high noon shootout

Bishop tipped to run for PM

There will likely be three contenders to become Prime Minister tomorrow, reportedly including WA’s Julie Bishop, with Malcolm Turnbull preparing to call a second leadership spill.

Deloitte, Aecom win key Westport work

The state government has contracted Deloitte and AECOM to undertake studies on shipping volumes and traffic flows that will be pivotal to its Westport outer harbour project.

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D-day for PM as allies desert

Tax cuts dead, but Turnbull bats on

Company tax cuts have been jettisoned following defeat in the Senate, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mounts a defence of his leadership, while an eligibility cloud hangs over challenger Peter Dutton.

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Dutton’s push gathers pace

Brown to lead industry department

The state government has selected Department of Health executive Rebecca Brown as the new director general of its industry and tourism mega department – making her the third woman picked this year to head a major government agency.

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